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This article asks why German political history has been so full of upheavals whereas Swedish political history has been comparatively calm. This is particularly curious given that the shocks the two countries have experiences -- modernization, industrialization, etc -- are similar. For some reason, however, these shocks were not translated into crises in the case of Sweden, whereas in the case of Germany they were. The answer is institutional. Sweden had better, more flexible yet more stable,...
Topics: Germany, Sweden, institutions, modernity, crises, shocks, industrialization, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2008 Erik Ringmar
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The problem with traditional explanations of relations between states is that they focus on matters of interests and pay insufficient attention to matters of identities. This article seeks to improve on this situation by providing a formal discussion of the role of recognition. World politics is best described as recognition game rather than a prisoner's dilemma. To prove the applicability of this argument, an analysis is made of the relations that obtained between Soviet Russia and the West....
Topics: Soviet Russia, constructivism, recognition, end of Communism, First World War, Second World War,...
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Nov 18, 2008 Erik Ringmar
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This article discusses the meaning of power in international relations. The core argument is that power all to often is defined as "power over" and not sufficiently often as "power to." While "power over" leads to a zero-sum, conflictual, game; "power to" leads to cooperative solutions and win-win situations. A few historical examples of the relevance of this alternative perspective are provided.
Topics: power, power in international politics, soft power, Realism, constructivism, potestas, potentia,...
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In 1860, a combined Anglo-French army looted and burned the Yuanmingyuan, a vast compound of palaces, temples, pagodas and gardens belonging to the Chinese emperor. This act of barbarism, they argued, was necessary in order to bring civilization to China. This article explains this event as an expression of a European confrontation with the "Oriental sublime," a fiction created by them as an exotic counterpart to the liberal and rationalistic social order they themselves represented....
Topics: European imperialism, China, Yuanmingyuan, liberalism, barbarism, the sublime, Elgin, Montauban
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Jun 14, 2008 Erik Ringmar
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This article explains why an Anglo-French army destroyed and burned down the Yuanmingyuan, the "Summer Palace" of the Emperor of China, in 1860. The article is in Chinese.
Topics: Yuanmingyuan, Second Opium War, British imperialism, French imperilism, the sublime, liberal...
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This article compares the sudden appearance of three giraffes in three quite unexpected settings: China in the 1420, Florence in the 1490s and France in the 19th century. These giraffes, exotic objects by definition, can help understand how these three societies defined, and reacted to, the alien other. By comparing Chinese and European reactions, we get insights into what it was that made Europe exceptional in its imperialist expansion. By comparing Renaissance and 19th century reactions, we...
Topics: giraffes, inter-continental exchanges, Muslim world, Zaraffa, Emperor of China
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May 9, 2008 Thomas de Quincey
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Excerpted from Thomas de Quincey, The Collected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Volume 14, ed. David Masson (London: A & C Black, 1897), http://www.archive.org/details/collectedwriting14dequuoft.
Topics: De Quincey, Second Opium War, opium addition, Sinophobia
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May 9, 2008 Thomas de Quincey
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Extract from Thomas de Quincey, The Collected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Volume 14, ed. David Masson (London: A & C Black, 1897), http://www.archive.org/details/collectedwriting14dequuoft.
Topics: De Quincey, Second Opium War, opium addition, Sinophobia
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Capitalism is at the same time inevitable and inhuman. It is inevitable since it is the only way in which to assure economic prosperity and growth. It is inhuman since it constantly destroys human values and social relationships. In order to survive capitalism all societies must find a way of dealing with this contradiction. This book surveys the various ways in which this balance has been struck, and suggests ways in which we all can survive capitalism in the 21st century.
Topics: capitalism, globalization, markets, Karl Polanyi, protective arrangements, sociological theory,...
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An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China; ... Taken Chiefly from the Papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney, ... Sir Erasmus Gower, ... by Sir George Staunton, ... in Two Volumes, with Engravings; Beside a Folio Volume of Plates. ...Volume II
Topics: Macartney Mission 1793, China, Great Britain, diplomatic history, kowtow
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George Staunton, An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China; ... Taken Chiefly from the Papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney, ... Sir Erasmus Gower, ... by Sir George Staunton, ... in Two Volumes, with Engravings; Beside a Folio Volume of Plates. ...
Topics: Macartney Mission 1793, China, Great Britain, diplomatic history, kowtow, George Staunton
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May 2, 2008 Aeneas Anderson
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A Narrative of the British Embassy to China, in the Years 1792, 1793, and 1794; Containing the Various Circumstances of the Embassy, with Accounts of Customs and Manners of the Chinese. Written with the assistance of William Combe. Includes Appendix: containing an account of the transactions of the squadron during the absence of the embassy and a glossary of Chinese words. - With a half-title.
Topics: Macartney Mission 1793, China, Great Britain, diplomatic history, kowtow
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"Of course we believe in freedom of speech," say members of the establishment, "we believe in freedom of speech even for those who say things we hate. Freedom of speech, after all, is a pillar of modern, liberal, society." Yeah right. There was never such a thing as freedom of speech. In order to speak freely you had to have access to a printing press, a newspaper, a radio or a TV station. And everywhere you had to get past the editors. Only an elite ever did รข the...
Topics: blogs, blogging, the internet, freedom of speech, dooced, heather armstrong, mark jen, the phantom...
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Apr 24, 2008 British Parliament
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Papers Relating to the Riot at Canton in July 1846, and to the Proceedings Taken Against Mr. Compton, a British Subject, for His Participation in that Riot. Printed by the House of Commons by Command of Her Majesty, 1847. London, 1847.
Topics: British Parliamentary Papers, British Parliament, British imperialism, China, the Opium War, opium
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Apr 23, 2008 British Parliament
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Correspondence Regarding Insults in China. Presented to the House of Commons by Command of Her Majesty, 1857.
Topics: British Parliamentary Papers, Houses of Parliament, British imperialism, China, insults, Second...
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Apr 23, 2008 British Parliament
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Correspondence with Mr Bruce, Her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in China. Presented in Both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. London 1860.
Topics: British Parliamentary Papers, Houses of Parliament, British imperialism, China, Mr Bruce, Second...
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Apr 23, 2008 British Parliament
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East India Company (India and China Trade). Continuation to the latest period to which they can be made up, of all accounts relating to the trade of India and China, and to the finances of India, which were presented to this House, by His Majesty's Command in the yeaers 1829 and 1830; and also, of all such other accounts relating to the same matters as have been ordered by this House during the last two years. Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be printed, 26 April, 1833.
Topics: British Parliamentary papers, House of Commons, China, Opium War, British imperialism,...
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Apr 23, 2008 British Parliament
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Opium Trade, A Copy of All Papers and Dispatches at the India House, on the Subject of Hostilities between Chinese and British Subjects Engaged in Opium Trade, from 1830 to 1833, Both Years Inclusive. Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 24 March, 1840.
Topics: British Parliamentary papers, House of Commons, China, Opium War, British imperialism,...
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Apr 23, 2008 British Parliament
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Third Report from the Select Committee Appointed to Consider the Means of Improving and Maintaining the Foreign Trade of the Country, East Indies and China. Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 10 July 1821.
Topics: British Parliamentary papers, House of Commons, China, Opium War, British imperialism,...
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Apr 23, 2008 British Parliament
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Correspondence Relating to China. Presented to Both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty, 1840.
Topics: China, British imperialism, Opium War, Houses of Common, Parliamentary papers, United Kingdom
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Apr 22, 2008 British Parliament
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Correspondence Relating to the Actual Value of the Opium Delivered to the Chinese Authorities in 1839. Delivered to Both Houses of Parliament by Royal Command, 1843.
Topics: British parliament, British imperialism, Opium War, China, British Parliamentary papers